Roman Polanski's Sexual Assault Victim To Appear In Court On His Behalf


The woman whom fugitive movie director Roman Polanski admitted he raped 40 years ago will attend a court hearing in Los Angeles where she hopes to plead for an end to the case, Polanski's attorney said.

Samantha Geimer has long asked USA authorities to stop pursuing filmmaker Roman Polanski for having sex with her in 1977, when she was 13.

Braun also indicated in the report that the fact Polanski has already served his time for the crime back in the '70s could well help him in court on Friday.

Mr Braun said it would be the judge's decision whether to take Mrs Geimer's testimony into account.

Samantha Geimer was 13 years old when Polanski assaulted her in Los Angeles in 1977.

Polański fled the U.S. in February 1978, shortly before being sentenced for unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Polanksi's attorney, Harland Braun, asked the judge on Friday to unseal testimony about the 1977 plea deal.

Polanski, 83, is trying to get the Interpol warrant lifted so he can move freely among most of the 190 countries in the global policing network.

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This combination photo shows director Roman Polanski at the photo call for the film, "Based On A True Story", at the 70th global film festival, Cannes, southern France, on May 27, 2017, left, and Polanski at a Santa Monica, Calif., courthouse on August 8, 1977.

Following a 1977 guilty plea to rape and spending 42 days in pre-trial jail, Polanski fled the United States, fearing a plea bargain with prosecutors would be overruled and that he would get a lengthy prison term. He dismissed the motion filed by the film-maker's lawyers, who said Polanski was ready to come to the United States if he was guaranteed he would not serve more time in jail.

Polanski was rearrested in Switzerland in 2009 and spent months in prison and under house arrest before being released.

FILE - In this May 27, 2017 photo, director Roman Polanski appears at the photo call for the film, "Based On A True Story", at the 70th worldwide film festival, Cannes, southern France.

Deputy District Attorney Michele Hanisee urged the court to reject Polanski's latest efforts, saying two previous judges and an appeals court have ruled against him. Her longtime lawyer Lawrence Silver did not return phone and email messages seeking comment.

At the age of 54, the victim of Roman Polanski "wants to put an end to it", while an agreement with the filmmaker was found many years ago.

This story has been corrected to show that the former prosecutor who handled Polanski's case is retired, not dead.

He ruled in April that the French-Polish director could not cut a deal from overseas to return to the United States without serving more jail time.